Boneset is a native clump-forming perennial flower that commonly grows in wet soils of woods, prairies, and meadows throughout the central and eastern United States. At maturity, this plant grows to the height of 3-4' and features wrinkled lanced shaped leaves that surround a hairy stem that is topped by clusters of flat corymbs of puffy white flowers. Not only is this plant great as a cut flower, but it also attracts bees and butterflies, is drought resistant, can grow in a container, has medicinal uses, is resistant to deer, and self sows!
Species: Eupatorium perfoliatum
Also Known As: Thoroughwort, Feverwort, Agueweed, Indian Sage.
Native Range: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward I., Québec, Rhode I., South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): July to September
Light: Full Sun To Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist to Wet
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Boneset flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Containers?: Yes. To grow Boneset in a container, a cold-moist pretreatment at 40 degrees
Fahrenheit for 3 weeks to 3 months will increase germination percentages. After pretreatment, sow seeds in a fine germination mix containing milled sphagnum moss. Transplant to potting mix after seeds have germinated. Seeds germinate at 70 - 85 degrees Fahrenheit and in the presence of light. Use a greenhouse with alternating temperatures (day temperatures 70 - 85 degrees Fahrenheit, night temperatures 65 - 68 degrees Fahrenheit).
Sow Depth: 1/8"
USDA Zone: 3-8
Produces: hairy, triangular leaves and loose, flat clusters of ¼” fuzzy white flowers.
Garden Uses: Good size and late bloom for borders, native plant gardens, rain gardens, wildflower gardens, cottage gardens, woodland gardens or banks of ponds or water gardens.
Bee Balm: Lemon (Monarda citriodora)
Bee Balm: Scarlet (Monarda Didyma)